The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, today requested the intervention of the FBI to investigate an incident of violence involving members of the far-right male organization "Proud Boys" that occurred in the Big Apple last Friday.
Cuomo, who blamed President Donald Trump for "stoking the flames of racism and division," also ordered the Hate Crimes Unit of the state police to coordinate with the FBI and the city's police an "exhaustive" investigation and any other act of violence or discrimination of this group through the state.
"He's totally consistent with everything he's done (Trump) since he started his campaign for president," Cuomo said.
The incident occurred after an event at the Republican club in Manhattan where Gavin McInnes, founder of "Proud Boys", participated, which the civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center defines as a group of hatred and extremism.
The "Proud Boys" faced a group that protested the presence of McInnes and according to the police the incident happened not far from the headquarters of the Republican Party of Manhattan, after the end of the event.
"Why did this club invite the Proud Boys, a hate group with a history of inciting violence," said Cuomo, who today offered a telephone press conference to call for FBI intervention.
A video that has been broadcast by local media shows a group of men beating with fists and kicking a guy who is lying on the sidewalk and trying to escape them.
Police arrested three men, who have been accused of assault, but it is unknown if they are affiliated with any organization, according to local media.
He indicated through his Twitter account that he is reviewing the video and other evidence at the same time that he released the photo of three men, as people of interest, and asked for help from the public to identify them in relation to this incident.
The mayor of the city, Bill de Blasio, said on his part through this network that "hate is not welcome in New York" and assured that the police will do everything in their power to guarantee public safety.
Shortly before the incident, the headquarters of the Republican Party was the target of an act of vandalism.